I love spontaneity. I think it’s because I have a free spirit. I like some form of order but doing things on the spur of the moment appeals to my psyche. Maybe it’s because when we do things spur of the moment, it’s like a surprise to our subconscious. Sometimes we need those surprises.  

COVID has made our lives challenging. It’s difficult to take off and go on vacation because of the restrictions. Challenges mean to push us into the unknown. The New Year offers opportunities to propel us forward. There may be new food entrees you wish to sample, wines that may be of interest, places to explore piquing your interest. No matter what may interest you, find ways to make opportunities for yourself. Here are a few examples that may assist you.  

  1.  Plan a surprise trip. I’m a mountain girl. I escape every opportunity possible to the mountains of NC. I love the beach. Every once in a while, I surprise friends and drive to the beach with no notice. The nice thing is when I do this, I don’t have a set time-table on how long I go. Driving on the highway with the windows down allows my spirit to feel like it is coasting with the wind.  
  2. Or a staycation. If you are going to do this option, at least call the hotels in the area you are thinking about to ensure you have a place to sleep. You may be a camper. No matter where you choose to stay, make sure you have the necessary items. Be smart about where you are going and when.  
  3. Have random and unplanned sex. Let’s face it. Sex can be boring if it’s planned all the time. It’s amazing what happens when your sex life is spiced up. Not only will you and your partner have a big cheesy grin on your face afterward, but the adrenaline is high. If you and your partner are looking to spice things up, you might want to try new things. You don’t have to plan every intricate detail to feel deliriously content.  
  4. Try something new. I’ve been looking at cooking classes. It has been a dream of mine to try a new dish every week for this year and I’m making that happen. I love Italian food but the older I’ve gotten, the less it likes me in the evening. I’ve learned what I can have and how late I can enjoy it without problems. That helps me to understand what I can and can not experiment with.  
  5. Take an exercise class together. This is a little trickier with COVID but you can work-out with a friend. I’m finding the online courses are a wonderful resource during this pandemic.  
  6. Break household routines. If you come home and get in front of the t.v. all the time, nothing changes. Find projects around the house that you can tinker with. There is always something that can be done.  
  7. Start listening more. I work on this all the time. I talk a lot and I’ve had to learn to zip it. Listening is a skill that is acquired. Once you start listening, you learn. The more you listen, the more information you absorb.  
  8. Send a ‘Simply Because’ gift. We all need a pick me up on occasion. We are appreciative when others acknowledge us. People tend to respond positively when others make them feel special.  

My hope for you this year is you can live your life with excitement and happiness. Don’t let the virus keep you from challenging yourself. Open yourself to new opportunities and a little spontaneity. You might find your life is changing for the better.  

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